Meet the Company
Jared Reed (Producing Artistic Director) has been proudly associated with Hedgerow since 1990 and is tremendously excited to be a part of this wonderful company. A Juilliard School graduate, Jared has appeared nationally at the Old Globe in San Diego, The McCarter Theatre, The Huntington, Cleveland Playhouse, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and others. He appeared off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane before making his home in the Philadelphia region, co-founding Curio Theatre Company, and starting a family.
Ari Baker (Production Manager) is originally from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts and History as well as her M.A. in Teaching in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Pittsburgh. While she started in theatre as a performer, she is particularly fond of administration and theatrical lighting. Ari has participated in all aspects of theatre with the exception of rigging. She is currently the Production Manager of Hedgerow Theatre. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing guitar, singing, and painting.
Owen Corey (Acting Company Member) Owen is excited to begin his first year as a Hedgerow Acting Fellow. He is originally from Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. Before coming to Hedgerow, Owen directed, produced, and performed theatre at Fairfield University in Connecticut (Rhinoceros, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Measure for Measure), the National University of Ireland (Twelfth Night, The Vagina Monologues), and St. HOPE Public Schools in California (Check Please, The Struggles, Twelfth Night). He is currently in Hedgerow’s touring productions of Peter Pan and Snow White, and will be appearing in the upcoming StoryBoard production of Treasure Island.
Patrick Derrickson (Director of Development) is an award-winning director and critically acclaimed lighting designer who has worked internationally with renowned artists from Germany, South Africa, and New Zealand. He joins Hedgerow as the Director of Development after running around his home in D.C. directing, stage managing, lighting, and administering. He graduated cum laude from Washington College with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Philosophy and studied physical theater at Rhodes University in South Africa while pursuing independent research into non-European performance practices in theater. He is excited to make Rose Valley his home for the next two years after successfully circumnavigating the globe.
Art Hunter (Group Sales and Outreach Director) resides in Media, Pa. He graduated from St. Francis University with a B.S. in Education and Villanova University with a M.A. in Educational Administration. He was involved in all aspects of Medical Sales working for Johnson & Johnson, Siemens Medical and General Electric. He enjoys all sports and broadcasted Drexel University Men’s Basketball for 16 years.
Juliet Grey Kelsey (Musician, Actor, Props) is a children’s theatre writer, teacher, actress, director, singer, composer of music and teacher of Drama for Youth from Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. She was a resident teacher at Hedgerow School for Musical Children’s Theatre from 1999 to 2006 when she became the instructor of the Drama Club at the Media Providence Friends School for three years. Returning once again to her beloved Hedgerow, Grey is teaching the Youth Classes, touring, and involved once again with the continuing need for organization needed for live theatre. While she was away she began a book series called Nettie By the Sea Stories, the first of which has been published. Grey has seen some of her first year students excel in college for the arts which inspires her to continue her work with the young folk..
Darlene McClellan (Business Manager) Darlene graduated from Shippensburg University, where she majored and earned her B.S. in English and Library Science. She worked as a substitute teacher in the Ridley, Interboro, and Wallingford-Swarthmore school districts. She began her career at Hedgerow Theatre in 1998 when she volunteered as a backstage helper during children theatre productions. Still volunteering, she worked as a stage manager in both mainstage and children’s shows and an assistant director of Tiny Tim’s Christmas. She has coordinated the rehearsal and production schedules of many productions and has directed many children both at the theatre and at Strath Haven Middle School where for the past 2 years she has been assistant to the director in the production of the spring musical. Darlene serves at Hedgerow’s Board Liaison to facilitate and maintain a strong and active communication between the board of directors and company departments.
Penelope Reed (Director Emeritus) loves leading this versatile company that serves the Delaware Valley Community. A fourth generation theater artist, Ms.Reed distinguished herself in many roles as leading actress, director and master teacher at The Milwaukee Repertory and McCarter Theatres, among others. Academic and Administration credits include Alverno College and The Lawrenceville School Theatre Department Chair and Robert G. Pitman and Alan P. Kirby Art Centers where she served as Administrator. Her passion for the last twenty years has been enlightening minds and transforming lives through theater. She is grateful to be part of a company with such outstanding human beings. Ms. Reed is the former President of The Rotary Club of Media.
Kate Sparacio (Resident Stage Manager) hails from Philadelphia where she has worked as an actor, director, designer, teacher, administrator, and stage manager. She has worked internationally in Greece, Cyprus, and England, and has served as visiting artist at Harvard University, Lock Haven University, Selwyn College, and Chesapeake College among others. She joins Hedgerow after spending years teaching young theatre artists in New Jersey and producing theatre in Philadelphia. She earned her B.A. in Theatre from Stockton University where she directed Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake). Other favorite productions include Tales of the Grotesque and Mysterious, The Bacchae, and The Profession.
Susan Wefel (Actor, Marketing, Member since ‘78) is a graduate of Boston University’s Theatre School and is a 39-year veteran actress and Company Member of Hedgerow Theatre. She has studied under Dolores Tanner, Rose Schulman, Janet Kelsey, Louis Lippa, and Penelope Reed. Susan teaches our Children and Teens in camps, Saturday classes, and our performance classes, and with Chester Charter.
Shaun Yates (Actor, Teacher) has been a proud member of the Hedgerow Theatre extended company for five years. In that time he has performed numerous roles from John Brown in John Brown’s Body and Tournell in A Flea in Her Ear, to Mr. Willy in Two Into One and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Shaun also serves as the music director for Hedgerow’s children’s musicals and other shows when necessary. To find out more and see what else Shaun is up to visit his website: http://www.shaunyates.com
Lisa VillaMil (Acting Company Member) Lisa is an acting fellow with Hedgerow Theatre Company. Her first production with Hedgerow is Storytime: Peter Pan. Training includes: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Masters in Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting); Shakespeare’s Globe Higher Education Acting Residency (director Nick Hutchison); Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Summer Professional Training Program 2015 acting apprentice. Theatre credits include: The Other Place (Tampa Repertory); Let the Bitch Burn (RCS); 20 Plays in 40 Minutes (RCS On the Verge Festival); Hamlet (RCS); Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey SPTP); Julius Caesar (Ithaca Shakespeare Company); The Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers (Kitchen Theatre, Kitchen Sink Prod.).Lisa is a certified actor combatant with the BASSC, and is certified in additional weapons through the SAFD. She choreographs violence for stage and screen. Lisa is an internationally produced playwright, and is co-founder of Now What Theatre.
Matthew Windham (Acting Company Member) is a writer, director, actor and set designer. He is the Founding Director of the Utah Children’s Theatre’s annual Shakespeare Festival, with a mission to help young people develop a lifelong passion for Shakespeare. He has written or co-written a dozen plays produced on the Utah Children’s Theatre’s stage, including a history of the Wright Brothers, and the 2014 Utah Best of State award winning play Breakfast with Shakespeare. Favorite directing projects include The Comedy of Errors and Henry V, both at the UCT Shakespeare Festival. Favorite roles include Katurian in The Pillowman (Hive Theatre), Dr. Givings in In the Next Room: The Vibrator Play (Babcock Theatre), Dr. Coppelius in Coppélia (Salt Lake Ballet), Tigger in Winnie the Pooh (UCT), and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UCT). Matthew most recently completed a tour of Peter and Wendy with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. www.mwindham-portfolio.com